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NewsFactor: Has Linux Eclipsed Open Source?

Sep 09, 2003, 18:00 (16 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by James Maguire)

"In the world of open source, Linux has become the 500-pound gorilla. So much so that the term 'open source' often is used synonymously with 'Linux,' as if Linux were the only open-source operating system.

"Linux's dominance of the open-source world is more than just perception--real numbers support this view. Tim Witham, director of the Open Source Development Lab, noted that of the two main open-source OSes, Linux and BSD, there are 'a lot more people using Linux than BSD," and "if you look at revenue share, Linux far dominates.'

"Given the ostensibly cooperative and communal nature of open source, it is a paradox that one OS would so dominate. How is it that the penguin has spread its wings farther than the alternatives...?"

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